16/11/16

Mikey’s 2016 Round Up

Hello all, my dear colleagues in the office reminded me that I haven’t written a blog for months, which I apologise for but hey, not like you were asking for more 😉

Anyway, I’m back so let’s catch up.

The last year has been such a roller-coaster and very very exciting. We’ve built a fabulous new team to deliver the festival in 2016 and are still recovering whilst evaluating, recruiting, scouting, developing projects and new commissioning ideas, writing 4 year funding applications whilst very much planning and programming next years’ edition, it really does not stop here at Freedom Festival HQ, so if one more person asks us what we do for the rest of the year, well….

So, let’s recap, almost 80,000 people came over the festival weekend in 2016 even with 6/7 hours of sustained rain on Saturday afternoon. The feedback we’ve had has been wonderful, the artists were phenomenal, many of them visiting Hull and the UK for the first time, their feedback was great, apparently as audiences go you guys are some of the best they’ve ever met (don’t let that get to your heads though right!?) We had over 115 local volunteers who did a marvellous job welcoming one and all, working alongside our production and event staff to make the event safe, run on time and as smooth as it can be.

So I’d just like to thank all our supporters, from the city events team, to the blue light services, from our amazing funders, sponsors and creative partners and to thank you all for making the effort, braving the rain, being such curious, enthusiastic and generous audiences and for making all the hard work, worrying and spreadsheet hell that goes on behind the scenes to make the festival happen feel worth it!

I salute you.

And for now I’d like you to take 4 minutes out of your day, and check out this year’s festival film –

More from me in a few weeks, because there’s lots more to say….

Mikey x

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